Things to do in Birmingham

Thinktank Planetarium

Thinktank redefines the concept of a science museum.  Think of it more as a way to discover the world around you and the life you lead. From steam engines to intestines, this exciting museum has over 200 hands-on displays on science and technology including a digital Planetarium and outdoor Science Garden.

Cadbury World

Cadbury World is a visitor attraction created and run by the Cadbury chocolate company.  Uncover a world of chocolate delights and enjoy a fun-packed day out for all the family. Experience the magic, making and history of Cadbury confectionery, and treat yourself to the wonderful sights, smells and tastes of the place where chocolate comes to life.

Bull Ring

Birmingham bullring is located in the centre of Birmingham city and comprise of a large selection of shops , restaurants and cafes.

Sarehole Mill

Built in the late 18th century, it was a favourite haunt of the young JRR Tolkien, who played here after his family moved to Birmingham in the late 1800s. It’s said the mill and nearby Moseley Bog provided inspiration for the Shire – home to Bilbo, Frodo and Samwise Gamgee in Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Travel 5 miles south of the city on bus 11A, 11C or 11E to reach the mill. There you’ll see pulley wheels, sack hoists and lots of worn beams. Then look out for little folk with furry feet.

Jewellery Quarter

The Jewellery Quarter has become a tourist attraction in its own right, attracting thousands of visitors each year from all over the world – contributing to the attraction of Birmingham.  Visit Birmingham.

It is also frequented by journalists from all over the world, keen to visit this historic developing area.  The fabulous reviews they write are testament to their love of the area.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is a museum and art gallery in Birmingham, England. It has a collection of international importance covering fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, archaeology, ethnography, local history and industrial history.

Ikon Art Gallery

Ikon is an internationally acclaimed contemporary art venue located in Birmingham, UK. Free entry.

Birmingham Central Library

The Library of Birmingham is located at Centenary Square, the city’s most important public open space in the heart of Birmingham city centre’s Westside. The new Library is next to and physically connected with Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP). Other important cultural venues including The ICC, Symphony Hall, NIA, Town Hall and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery are located very close by. The site has excellent public transport links and is on a major pedestrian route (it is estimated that up to 13 million people walk past the site annually).  

The Electric Cinema

Topped with its art deco sign, this is the oldest working cinema in the uk (screening since 1909). Enjoy a mix of main stream and art house cinema while being able to enjoy a drink as it has a licensed bar.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Due to reopen in September 2013 after a two-year redesign, the 'Rep' will have three performance spaces – the Main House, the more experimental Door and a new 300-seat studio theatre (as part of the new library development next door), presenting edgy drama and musicals, with an emphasis on contemporary work.  

Aston Villa Stadium Tour

On the Aston Villa Stadium Tour you get to nosey around the dressing rooms, sit on the manager’s bench and see a slice of life pitch-side.

National Sea Life Birmingham

Located in the heart of the city, SEA LIFE Birmingham will transport you into an amazing underwater world. Come nose-to-nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays. To get any closer you’d have to get wet!!